Congressional Republicans in general and the more conservative members in particular are already finding life in the president’s party a lot more complicated than it was when they could simply throw rocks at the Obama administration and hold hearings on Benghazi and Hillary Clinton’s emails.
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Two things seem abundantly clear right now. First, President Trump’s agenda and priorities are exactly what he laid out in his boisterous campaign. No one should be surprised by what he is doing. Second, the divisions over Candidate Trump mirror the perceptions of President Trump. Despite the controversies of his early days in office, his backers have mainly held...
My face has yet to get accustomed to wincing umpteen times a day at what both sides are doing these days. Not having been on the line during Saturday’s phone call between President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, it’s hard to know exactly what happened, but it certainly appears that our newly minted president was something less than respectful...
Over this past weekend, a number of people noted that while it took President Reagan 727 days to have a majority in the polls disapproving of his job in office, President George H.W. Bush 1,336 days, President Clinton 573 days, President George W. Bush 1,205 days, and President Obama 936 days, it took President Trump just eight days to get there. That fit well into a...
We need to get used to the next four years being the political equivalent of Space Mountain, the great Disneyland roller coaster ride. Careening one way, then the other, plummeting downward or soaring up, all in the dark so you never know what will happen yet, it’s an experience that is both exhilarating and disorienting. The key difference is that it only lasts...
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